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Travel photo of the day: African bird shows its true colors

Lilac-breasted Roller, Tanzania
Lilac-breasted Roller, TanzaniaSubmitted by Tom Gubala / UGC

Tom Gubala, of Bellevue, Wash., sent in this photo of a lilac-breasted roller in Tanzania.

He spotted the colorful bird while on a safari in late summer 2011. Gubala and his wife were lucky enough to see the African 'big five' -- the cape buffalo, lion, elephant, rhino and leopard -- in the course of about six hours.

"That was a great trip and that bird just posed for me," Gubala told

Want to see more images of the lilac-breasted roller? Check out this Tumblr blog, which as it says, is "dedicated to one of the prettiest little birds in the world." 

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